These 9 Women Are Breaking All Kinds Of Fashion Rules… And We Can’t Get Enough

Because rule-breakers are more fun!

Rules are made to be broken. Trendsetters know they can dress how they want no matter what the rules say, and all women should take note. Whether that means clashing colors or mixing and matching patterns, it’s time to embrace those faux pas. That’s why we’ve partnered with Nordstrom to ask fashion influencers about their favorite examples of women expressing their own unique style. The consensus? The only rule that matters is: if you love it ― wear it!

1. Wear Sequins For Daytime
“Tiffany Battle has the ability to effortlessly mix prints, patterns and texture like nobody else-- so much so that it propelled her to leave her 9-to-5 a few months ago to seek out her place in fashion. She recently left the field of engineering and is now a style blogger.”
— Apuje Kula, fashion stylist and editor of 360 Magazine
2. Wear A Jumpsuit And Look Glam
“Leah Vernon [of Beauty and the Muse] has a style that is just as bold and beautiful as her personality. As a plus-size, black, Muslim, her fashion choices reflect true diversity and beauty. She experiments with bold colors, beautiful traditional head wraps, fanciful pastel skirts, and edgy, rockstar style. Her eclectic choices embody her personality. She is breaking all the rules!”
— Gavyn Pickens, Fashion Blogger, Founder of The Curvy Cutie
3. Mix Multiple Prints
“Swathi Narra has a great sense of style that is influenced by living in New Orleans and having an Indian heritage. She does an incredible job of mixing each of those elements together in a flawless, global and inclusive sense. Whether it’s a vintage find, a fast-fashion grab or a handcrafted piece from one of her international sourcing trips, her eye for beauty never ceases to amaze me. She finds a way to pull a look together by mixing and matching not just high to low, but local to global, in a way that constantly has me bewitched.”
— Jennifer Laine, fashion stylist
4. Mature Women Can Go Bold And Bright Too
Photo courtesy of Angela Garbot
“Jill Houk is a chef consultant defying and thriving against traditional fashion faux pas. She is a woman in her late 40s who previously believed -- prior to working with me -- that many styles were too old for her. Now she rocks a capsule wardrobe [i.e. a pared-down selection of key, versatile items] that is slightly edgy with loads of prints, color and sass!”
— Alyssa Peterson, fashion stylist and founder of Cashmere & Wit
5. Be Fearless With Horizontal Stripes
“Christine MacDonald Brisson is a fabulous mother of three and breaks every fashion rule, but I love it. She’s all about a pattern on a pattern on a pattern -- a mix of high and low that she passes onto her adorable children as well.”
— Courtney Madison, celebrity fashion stylist
6. Denim On Denim Is A Perfect Match
“Katie Schuppler has a diverse sense of style that is easily adaptable to a city girl, a rural girl or, even, a relaxed bohemian girl setting her own trends. We all need someone you can call when you're not sure on the type of shoe, bag or even the trendy mismatched earrings to confirm the look you’re going for. Katie is my go-to on speed dial!”
— Nicki Brashear, fashion blogger and founder of Fashionista Chicago
7. Go For Those Big, Bright Patterns
“Jeniese Hosey is easily the most stylish person I know. She doesn't allow plus-size ‘fashion rules’ deter her from wearing what she likes. She rocks bold colors and playful patterns. Jeniese inspires me to embrace my body and encourages me to step outside my comfort zone.”
— Georgette Niles, Fashion Blogger, Founder of Grown and Curvy Woman
8. When It Comes To Layering, Anything Goes
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Williams
“As a former boutique owner, Kerry Judy has always been in love with fashion, and becoming a mother of three boys didn’t change that. Always looking to create unique looks, she combines pieces the average person wouldn’t think to pair together. Layering a long, printed top with a cropped vest over a pair of faux leather leggings with high top sneakers and an eclectic mix of jewelry is just one way Kerry shows off her boho-chic-funky-creative style. Her knack for making anything look fashionable is why she’s always been our favorite style muse at Cinnamon Boutique.”
— Jennifer Williams, Manager of Cinnamon Boutique
9. Activewear Doesn’t Mean Athleisure
“Catherine Baba doesn’t necessarily make fashion faux pas but she’s definitely in her own world when it comes to expressing herself: She wears turbans to breakfast, rides her bike through Paris in heels and has her own mix of French-Aussie phrases. She literally speaks her own language.”
— Natalie Joos, fashion blogger and founder of Tales of Vintage

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